2016 Minnesota Pork Congress There were great conversations and presentations as part of the annual Minnesota Pork Congress this year. The challenging price environment is causing producers viewing the trade show to seek efficiency improvements and maximize productivity. Strong interest and well-attended presentations included the special panel on "The Future of Antibiotic Use"
Agriculture, Human Health, and Environment: Confessions Of A Greenpeace Dropout Dr. Patrick Moore, Ecosense, is a former leader of Greenpeace who shares his thoughts on how environmental and climate science today, as it is shared, is clouded by believes that are not sustainable by actual science. Dr. Moore dives into the specifics of current policy and views of governments and organizations related to food, agriculture, and the environment. [video].
Iowa Environmental Regulations & Nuisance Case Update Eldon McAfee, Brick Gentry Law Firm, covers what is happening with ag nuisance cases, manure handling, and livestock truck wash regulation. As always, Mr. McAfee details the issues and offers an analysis on what farm operators can expect on future regulation activities [video].
Livestock & Poultry Economic Outlook Dr. Steve Meyer, EMI Express Markets, provides key factors in livestock economics for the year. Dr. Meyer provides a depth of analysis that will help management teams to think about how to position themselves well. Low costs, good crops, and animal diseases (PEDv) has been moderated. Some risk factors: Highly Pathogenic Asian Influenza (HPAI), slower demand, macro economics positive but not robust. [video].
Update on Senecavirus A Dr. Chris Rademacher, Iowa State University, provides an update on Senecavirus A, what it is, what it is not, and emphasizes that Senecavirus A is very similar to Foot and Mouth Disease. Two big take aways: 1) don't be complacent on observing and reporting, 2) train your teams about biosecurity behaviors to avoid. [video].